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In a woman’s first week of her pregnancy, men and women are both startled to discover that during this early time in the process, the woman is not actually truly pregnant yet. While that fact may be befuddling, the explanation is simple: The very first days and ensuing week of a woman’s pregnancy commences on the first day of her last menstrual cycle.
During this time, the baby has not yet been conceived; however for the purposes of constructing a defined timeline featuring an expected due date, medical professionals will include the first week within their definition of a 9-month pregnancy.
Despite a woman’s status as not actually being pregnant yet, the inclusion of the first week in the overarching definition of pregnancy is of paramount importance, particularly in regard to providing expectant parents with crucial information pertaining to planning around the estimated due date, in addition to making any necessary provisions and safeguards.
Pregnancy is singularly the most important event in a woman’s life and will go on to change her life in myriad ways. It’s a wondrous experience as well as a challenging road that will inevitably be fraught with many difficult decisions to make and emotions to contend with.
With our informative week by week pregnancy guide, you can easily navigate the sometimes scary, sometimes confusing, and sometimes excitingly foreign terrain that comes with pregnancy. Providing you with the most important facts surrounding pregnancy, we also give our readers easy-to-read checklists for upcoming benchmarks in their pregnancy term, and incredibly useful to-do and reminder lists to help keep mothers confidently knowledgeable and readily able to tackle upcoming events
Your Physical and Emotional Health
1 Week Pregnant: Symptoms
It is important to note that the symptoms you experience at this early stage are not actually pregnancy symptoms but symptoms that are reflective of your period and can last anywhere from three to seven days.
Pain in the lower back area and cramps – It is very common for women to feel pain concentrated in the lower back area in addition to cramping sensations. This is due to the contracting of your uterus in releasing the uterine lining along with the unfertilized egg from last month. At this point, your body will begin to build a new uterine lining where the new egg will be housed, fertilized, and subsequently developed into a fetus.
Bloating – There will be bloating! A woman’s period results in hormonal levels undergoing massive fluctuations that very often develop into bloating in the tummy and other areas. The bloating can occur in the days just prior to the beginning of a woman’s period as well as during her period.
Hormonal implications: Along with bloating, fluctuating hormonal levels often result in irritability, anger, and mood swings that can occur swiftly from minute to minute. Just as commonly resulting from hormonal fluctuations are migraine headaches during a woman’s period.
At the point your period has finished, your body will experience an increase in progesterone and the inner lining found within your uterus undergoes a transformational process in anticipation of the implantation of a fertilized egg, which will have made its way from the fallopian tube.
Your Baby’s Health and Status
1 Week Pregnant – Baby’s status
At this early stage, your baby is actually an ovum, which is a term for the egg. The ovum is so diminutive in size that it is barely perceptible to the unaided human eye. The tiny ovum will remain enshrouded; safely tucked away within your ovaries.
Tips, Tricks, and Knowledge
4 Weeks Pregnant
- Not all women experience the same symptoms and signs of pregnancy
- It may take up to a full month for you to start feeling any type of marked difference physically or emotionally
- In the coming weeks after fertilization, you will likely experience symptoms such as tender breasts, frequent urination, nausea, and fatigue
- Week one is a perfect time for you to start preparing for the future and making any lifestyle changes such as quitting smoking
- Coffee should be capped at 16 ounces per day for your health and the health of your baby
- Environmental toxins can affect gestations (pregnancy) profoundly. If you think you may be pregnant, among your first course of actions should be eliminating as much exposure to toxins as possible. Airborne toxins can come from paint, tobacco, bleach, aerosol products such as hairspray and various cleaners. Among the worst culprits affecting pregnancy are lead and mercury. Stay away from chipped paint that may contain lead and install a simple water filter on your kitchen sink to ensure you are using lead-free water. Mercury can be found in much of the seafood we eat, so experts recommend that pregnant women limit seafood intake to low-mercury seafood such as pollock, cod, shrimp, sardines, tilapia, trout – and only once a week
- Toxic materials in the environment and body are detrimental to fertility and gestation. The first week of pregnancy is the ideal time to stop smoking, stop drinking and remove any chemical toxins from your daily environment. Chemical toxins can include paint and aerosol sprays. Doctors often tell women thinking about conception to “think pregnant” and “act pregnant” before they are pregnant.
Week 1 To-do List and Reminders
4 Weeks Pregnant
- Stop unhealthy habits such as smoking, drinking, and excessive caffeine
- Take a prenatal vitamin with 400 mcg folic acid daily
- Do not worry about obtaining an ultrasound yet. Obtain an ultrasound only in the event that you have been struggling to become pregnant and would like to verify via ultrasound technology how many of your follicles have turned into eggs within your ovaries in addition to having an estimate of how much or little your uterine lining wall has thickened.
- Start build a support network that you can turn to in times of trouble and when you need advice or a shoulder to lean on.
Gestation: Gestation (also known as pregnancy) is measured at being 40 weeks from the first day of a woman’s last occurring period, with conception generally happening around 14 days later
Toxins: Toxins are poisonous elements that are extremely detrimental to your body as well as the health of your fetus. Toxins can include things like tobacco, vapors from paint and bleach, and exposure to household cleaners made from harsh chemicals. Hairspray is a big no-no. Limit your hairspray use if you believe that you may be pregnant
Ultrasound: An ultrasound (also known as a sonogram) is a scan that utilizes high frequency sound waves to display real-time images within your body. An ultrasound scan enables doctors to easily view any issues your bodily system may have that may impede your pregnancy. Expect to you have your first ultrasound around week 4!
Cool Things to Know
- Of all the cells within our bodies, the human egg is the absolute largest of them all!
- Among the smallest cells found within human biology is the sperm cell – however, it is also among the most complex cells
- By week 4, your baby (referred to as a blastocyst!) will begin to form a tiny face with eyes and nose
- A woman’s uterus pre-pregnancy is about the size of a small apple and is stretched 500 times its original size during pregnancy to roughly the size of a watermelon
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